May 21, 2018

Two smugglers jailed over death of Aylan Kurdi

Two smugglers jailed over death of Aylan Kurdi

Two Syrians have been sentenced to four years in prison over the death of migrant boy Aylan Kurdi, according to state media. Pictures of three-year-old ‘s body, washed up on a Turkish beach, shocked the world.

Aylan and his Syrian-Kurdish family were trying to reach family – just some of the thousands of mums, dads, and children caught up in the refugee crisis gripping North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

His elder brother and mother all drowned as they attempted to reach the Greek island of Kos from Turkey. Their father Abdullah survived.  Abdullah’s sister Tima Kurdi, who lives in Port Coquitlam, just east of Vancouver, Canada, spoke of her grief at paying for the family to leave Turkey on the fateful boat trip.

Breaking down repeatedly during an emotional news conference in September, she said: “I told him ‘I’m so sorry, I shouldn’t have sent you the money to go. If I hadn’t sent you the money you wouldn’t have left’.”

The family of the little Syrian boy whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach was trying to reach Canada, it has been reported. Aylan and his Syrian-Kurdish family were attempting to cross to the Greek island of Kos in an overcrowded dinghy but he and at least 11 others drowned. The family reportedly fled Kobane, a Syrian town that has seen fierce fighting between Kurds and ISIS, for the last year. He died, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan, in a desperate attempt to reach Canada. Read more

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